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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Hyphenated-name guys look dashing



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PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)


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The hyphenated-name guys look dashing on the court through the first two games (sorry).

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Parker Jackson-Cartwright have come off the bench against Mount St. Mary’s and Cal State-Northridge and figured prominently in Arizona winning both games by 23 and 18 points, respectively.

Hollis-Jefferson leads the Wildcats in this site’s productivity rating with a score of 1.256, followed by starting power forward Brandon Ashley (1.018) and then Jackson-Cartwright (.920).

Hollis-Jefferson has 29 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and a team-high six dunks through the first two games. He has shot 68.6 percent from the field and played under control with four assists and only two turnovers.

“Whether Rondae starts or not, the storyline for him is that he’s playing really, really well and it’s great to see,” said Arizona coach Sean Miller, whose decision to play Hollis-Jefferson off the bench has provided the Wildcats a much-needed spark.

Jackson-Cartwright is the most pleasant surprise though the first two games, showing so far that he is a capable backup to senior point guard T.J. McConnell.

Despite only two games into his collegiate career, Jackson-Cartwright has no turnovers through 25 minutes. He has four assists and is shooting 3 of 5 from three-point range and 5 of 8 overall. He also grabbed four rebounds against Cal State-Northridge, which is three more than freshman sensation counterpart Stanley Johnson.


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Miller commented after last night’s game that Jackson-Cartwright’s role is defined as somebody who keeps the offensive flow going with McConnell out of the game. Jackson-Cartwright has achieved that without showing timidity at such a young age.

On the flipside, junior shooting guard Gabe York has come out of the gate slow despite maintaining a starting role that has shifted Johnson to the wing.

York’s productivity rating after the first two games is only .300, last among the rotation-regulars averaging at least 10 minutes per game. He has only 13 points with four turnovers to go with his five assists. He has only one rebound in his 50 minutes of playing time and is shooting 3 of 9 from three-point range.

Reserve shooting guard Elliott Pitts provided support for York and the Wildcats with his performance last night. Pitts had a productivity rating of .688 in his 16 minutes of playing time. He had 10 points and an assist while making 2 of 3 shots from three-point range.

“Elliott is another very positive person right now in terms of how he’s playing,” Miller said in the postgame press conference. “He’s embraced his role. He plays with amazing effort. He can make shots and when he’s in, it’s like with Rondae, the ball seems to move easier. The two games we’ve played so far I thought Elliott was an ‘A’ in first game and ‘A’ in second game.

“I’m really pleased with him. I think his role can solidify and maybe even grow.”


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[table “” not found /] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.


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